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Kawamura asks farmers for help

SACRAMENTO -- California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura and California State Board of Food and Agriculture President Al Montna are encouraging participation by farmers and agricultural associations in Fresno County's emergency food assistance efforts related to the drought.

More than 25,000 people in Fresno County require emergency food assistance each month, according to a department press release.

Last month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a State of Emergency for Fresno County as a result of three consecutive years of drought and the continuing cumulative effects of severe drought conditions.

For those entities interested in participating in this community process to assist the impacted regions within the Central Valley, contact Lisa Quiroz at the Community Food Bank in Fresno, by e-mail at lquiroz@communityfoodbank.net or by phone: 559-237-3663, ext. 112.

Wine markets focus of meeting

"Outlook and Issues for the World Wine Market" will be the subject of a symposium on June 25 in Davis. The symposium, hosted by the University of California Agricultural Issues Center and the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the UC-Davis Conference Center.

Experts from the United States, Europe and Australia will discuss how current and emerging issues will shape world wine markets over the coming decades. Speakers will explore recurrent booms and busts as well as longer-term directions. After the presentations, a panel of U.S. wine industry leaders will open a public discussion with their comments.

Registration for the June 25 symposium is $100 through May 10, and $150 after. The fee for UC-Davis employees and students is $50. Go to http://conferences.ucdavis.edu
/confreg/?confid=478 for registration information.



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